can HSG work with 3rd-party AP?
HSG is designed to be an universal HotSpot Gateway and works with any brands of wireless Access Point. In fact, we can support LAN connection as well. As long as the user traffic passes through HSG gateway, it will direct to captive portal, and enforce the necessary access controls based on your configured policies.
When you're using 3rd-party wireless solution, the topology typically looks like design model A in this design guide.
However, there're advantages of using our mbox Access Point (MAP), which is an enterprise grade AP with rock solid performance and reliability. More importantly, the MAP controller is an integrated software module within HSG, so that you can manage both users and MAP centrally from a single powerful HSG appliance with consolidated monitoring and reporting etc.